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Old 03-28-2002, 11:42 PM
lantz lantz is offline
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If you could choose.....

If you could choose any mower or mowers to start a lawn care business what would they be. We have roughly $14,000 and two mowers(woods midmount, bunton walk behind). We have about 50/50 residential/commercial accounts. Do you guys recommend walkbehinds or riding? What do you feel about Grasshoppers? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated? One more thing, who do you contact to get your chemical spray license.
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Old 03-28-2002, 11:46 PM
Kent Lawns Kent Lawns is offline
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Lazer Z and Tracer EPS. (My opinion only because I like eXmark equipment and dealer.)

But I would suggest 1 rider for production and 1 walk-behind for smaller/more sensitive areas.

Application License:
Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture. (They should have a local branch in a nearby big city.)
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Old 03-29-2002, 12:18 AM
ohiolawnguy ohiolawnguy is offline
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kent lawns suggestions about 1 rider, and 1 walk behind, as well as the application license is very sound advice.

as far as equipment goes, i would pick the dealer who is most likely to give you good prices, right along with GREAT service. IE: parts in stock, quick warranty repairs if you buy new, or even a loaner if it breaks down, and you have no backup mower.

we run Bobcat mowers, but that isn't necessarily because we think they are the best out there. it is basically because we get really good prices, and our dealer bends over backwards to make us happy. that is the only 48" and up mower we have ever bought for this reason. the bobcat dealer i mention is also 5 minutes from our warehouse-another bonus!
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Old 03-29-2002, 12:22 AM
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I'd buy a Walker with a 42" deck and a 54" side discharge.
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Old 03-29-2002, 05:17 AM
BigJim BigJim is offline
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I agree with Currier,a Walker with 2 decks gives you versatility from one mower and why spend all day chasing a walk behind when you can ride around and save your legs?
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Old 03-29-2002, 05:31 AM
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What Kent Lawn's Said+ A Bagger For rider
Johnny G.
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Old 03-29-2002, 05:51 AM
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My grasshopper is in the garage, My Hustler super z in in the trailer.
planet compact

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Old 03-29-2002, 10:15 AM
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Acute Cut Acute Cut is offline
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First off, i think i would buy used. You will save a ton of money. Your dealer, if he is any good, can steer you twords good machines.

As pertaining to size and type, i myeslf am an exmark man. I absouletly love my 52 wb with jungle jim attachment. No matter what you buy make sure of a few things. If you plan on running doubles then i would stay away from a 5 hp 60 deck walk behind. (joke of course) Seriously though, get power in you engine to do the type of work you want to do. Second, i would buy only something hydraulic. I am 100% against anything belt drives. THis comes from the fact that i live near seattle and it rains so much. haha. 3. Get a mower that has an awesome deck. If you are new to the field you will hit more than you fair share of stuff at first. I know i did. Rocks everywhere fear me now. lol. Some models i have seen wouldnt withstand a bee bee shot in my opinion. Choose wisely danyosan.
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Old 03-29-2002, 10:32 AM
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(1) 16x8 enclosed trailer w/ brakes
(1) 52" walk behind w/ great dealer support
(1) 36" or 32" gate mower see above

you'll see that i'm brand loyal here!
(1) stihl fs85 trimmer
(1) stihl fs85t w/ edger attachment and hedge clipper
(1) stihl br340 or br420

jungle wheels
equipment racks
air compressor
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Old 03-29-2002, 01:15 PM
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I have husqvarna everything.. Ive never had a problem with any of thier equipment.. I just bought the 61" ZTR with a 25 Kaw and its wonderful.. Have about 170 hrs on it now with no problems. I like how they sit really low to the ground. great on hills.
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